Despite the popular misconception children are not blank slates ready for teachers to make a chalky imprint that will prepare them for the rest of their lives. Kids deserve more credit than that. Children of all ages have deeply complex inner lives a truth that the modern educational system largely ignores. Good teachers strive to know who their students are-not to mold them into something they are not. Teaching to the Soul delves into the personal educational experiences of fourteen di­fferent children of varied cultural backgrounds. Each chapter starts with a poem written by the student follows with a poem analysis that shows us something about who this child is-the soul of the child-and-finishes with research on a relevant pedagogical issue.
Daniel Bachhuber a retired Montessori elementary teacher writes fiction nonfiction and poetry. He has published over sixty single poems and numerous articles about education as well as a teaching timeline for the study of children's literature. In 1990 he won the Billee Murray Denny prize for a long poem placing first among more than 2 500 entries. The poem "Mozart's G Minor Symphony " describes the miracle of Mozart'sgenius in the context of his dysfunctional family. Placing first in the Minnesota Voices Project in 1999 he used "Mozart's G Minor Symphony" as the centerpiece